The Obama Effect also has its negative side. Like how white supremacists are becoming more shrill and more active. Like the actions of an 89 year old man who today shot a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. An act that is such a one off deal that it simply must be associated with the fact that we have a black family living in the White House now.
And The Obama Effect is also affecting news programs in some very surprising ways. It is no secret that right wing radio show hosts are getting more shrill in their rhetoric, but this very contentious exchange between MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer and rightwingnut radio show host John Ziegler is just the stuff of The Obama Effect.
Throughout the exchange Brewer was cordial and professional to a fault. Ziegler, on the other hand had bile to spew from his first sentence to his last. Brewer even had to ask him, twice, whether he wanted to continue with the interview, and you could see the consternation build as she tried to keep it cordial and professional while Ziegler did everything in his power to make himself look like a snarky clown.
My favorite part? Right at the end when Contessa Brewer spoke to her producer on the microphone as Ziegler refused to shut up: “Cut the mike, please.”